Printable Schedule for Page-to Stage-Festival Schedule This Weekend and Monday-8/30-9/1/14 at The Kennedy Center

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Starting Time
Show and Description
Saturday, Aug 30 Noon–3:30 p.m. Margherita by Anthony Gallo.

Margherita Sarfatti and Benito Mussolini, former lovers, meet after a three-year separation. Il Duce suddenly appears at her door as she attempts to leave the country. What does he want? What does she want? The play takes place during a three-day encounter in 1939. A number of bizarre incidents follow. She is well aware of what he wants– the 1,300 letters he has sent her during their 25-year affair. He knows she wants out of the country. And he does play with her mind….

Drama and Opera/Seventh Street Playhouse MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH
Saturday, Aug 30 Noon-2:00 p.m. Collaborative shorts by members of the company.The members present various original short pieces. Comedy/Playwrights Collaborative SOUTH ATRIUM FOYER
Saturday, Aug 30 Noon-2:00 p.m. Time Will Tell… Stage II by Ollie L. Jefferson

How can one say “I don’t want to make the same mistakes as my mother or father,” yet do the very same things–or worse? How can we raise up the next generation and prevent them from following in our footsteps and experiencing the destructive aftermath? Time Will Tell…Stage II is the sequel of a mother’s memoir. At 20- something years old, a few decisions suddenly change the courses of life and destiny.

Recommended for mature audiences.

Drama/Timeless Visual Works, LLC NORTH ATRIUM FOYER
Saturday, Aug 30 Noon-2:00 p.m. Carved in Stone: A Comedy of Terrors by Mario Baldessari, directed by Doug Wilder

When his amateur sculpture of the 10 Commandments is ordered to be removed from public property, a fundamentalist Christian turns to Jewish mysticism to continue his fight against the “War on Christianity.” The otherworldly golem he creates destroys the tranquility of two small Wyoming towns and his own marriage–by unearthing a family tragedy better left buried.

Recommended for mature audiences. Explicit language and themes.

Comedy/Crash of Rhinos TERRACE GALLERY
Saturday, Aug 30 Noon–2:30 p.m. The Unbleached American by Michael Aman, directed by S. Robert Morgan

The company tells the story of Ernest Hogan, the “father of ragtime” and the first African American to perform on Broadway. Beloved by his fans and wealthy beyond his wildest dreams, Hogan was also an infamous writer of “coon songs” that many considered offensive to his own race. The Unbleached American imagines the relationship between Ernest and the woman sent to care for him at the end of his life.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Drama/The Essential Theatre RUSSIAN LOUNGE (Box Tier Level of Opera House)
Saturday, Aug 30 1–2 p.m. A New Heart written and directed by Pooja Chawla*

Megha believes her heart is broken and is in desperate need of a new one. She is full of hope when she comes across a small clinic in town that claims to restore her heart to brand new. But little does she know there are several others in the clinic’s waiting room seeking the very same thing. What ensues is a journey into the many facets of the human heart to see what makes it ticks as well as triumph.

Recommended for Mature Audiences.

Comedy/Day Dreamers International ISRAELI LOUNGE (Box Tier Level of Concert Hall)
Saturday, Aug 30 3–5:30 p.m. Camp Logan by Celeste Bedford Walker*, directed by Thembi Duncan

The company presents a World War I military drama. 

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Drama/African Continuum Theatre Company FAMILY THEATER
Saturday, Aug 30 3–5 p.m. The Informer by Liam O’Flaherty, adapted and directed by Robert McNamara

This engrossing play is a classic presentation of friendship and betrayal set against the backdrop of 1920s Dublin in the aftermath of the Irish Civil War. Gypo Nolan, an ex-policeman and member of the Revolutionary Organization, turns his comrade-in-arms, Frankie McPhillpi, in to the police for a murder committed during a farm laborers’ strike. His act of conscience makes him a traitor to his revolutionary comrades, as Dan Gallagher, a commandant of the Revolutionary Organization, swears he will find and kill “the informer.”

Recommended for mature audiences/Explicit Language.

Drama/Scena Theatre SOUTH ATRIUM FOYER
Saturday, Aug 30 3–5 p.m. The Charm Plays by members of the company.

What puts the “Charm” in Charm City? The Playwrights Group of Baltimore offers different short takes on the concept of “charm” in some serious and some comic ten-minute plays.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Comedy and Drama/Playwrights Group of Baltimore NORTH ATRIUM FOYER
Saturday, Aug 30 3–5 p.m. Ode to a Rubber Chicken written and directed by Kathleen Cole Burke*

Two vegans run around like chickens with their heads cut off, trying to solve a whale of a problem.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Drama/Catholic University of America MFA Playwrights ISRAELI LOUNGE (Box Tier Level of Concert Hall)
Saturday, Aug 30 3:30–5 p.m. The Chocolate Chess Pie of Amory by Lizzie Brevard*, directed by Maya Roth

It’s August 1955 in Amory, Mississippi, a time and place where the community is planning more than just sweet potato casserole, and their Momma’s fried chicken for Sunday lunch after church. With vengeance on their minds, and “Bless her heart!” on their lips, these Southern ladies have outlined plans to subtly trap those in their way to social ruin. Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories, The Cask of Amontillado and Hog FrogThe Chocolate Chess Pie of Amory follows two women who have been pushed too far. Written by a recent alumna of Georgetown University, this laugh-out-loud comedy is filled with satiric wit, heart, and gospel music. It suggests all these good Southern women need for revenge is to introduce the threat of scandal and to bake a delicious chocolate chess pie.

Recommended for ages 13+.

Comedy/Georgetown University TERRACE GALLERY
Saturday, Aug 30 4–5 p.m. Garfield, the Musical with Cattitude [FF] based on the characters created by Jim Davis, book by Jim Davis and Michael Bobbitt, music and lyrics by John L. Cornelius

Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat, fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! But it seems that all his friends–Arlene, Odie, Jon, and even his nemesis, Nermal–have forgotten. Feeling rejected, Garfield ventures out to find adventure, but quickly learns that “home is where the heart…and the food is.”

Family friendly.

Music/Adventure Theatre MTC TERRACE THEATER
Saturday, Aug 30 4:30–5:45 p.m. Virago by Monique LaForce, directed by Catherine Aselford*

In a not-too-distant future, the Crimson Queen deftly rules Virago–forging political alliances, opening trade routes–and is ousted from her throne by a power hungry rival who imposes a reign of terror on the country. Scraping together a rebel force, the Crimson Queen vows to use all her feminine wiles to regain power, crush her enemies, and rule her country again.

Recommended for mature audiences.

Drama/Guillotine Theatre RUSSIAN LOUNGE (Box Tier Level of Opera House)
Saturday, Aug 30 6–7 p.m. In His Own Words: A Concert in Tribute to Walter Dean Myers [FF] by Walter Dean Myers, directed by Scott Reese

During a career spanning more than 45 years, Walter Dean Myers wrote more than 100 books for children of all ages, including 2 Newbery Honor Books, 3 National Book Award Finalists, and 6 Coretta Scott King Award/Honor–winning books. In 2012, he was appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, serving a two-year term in the position. This theatrical tribute to Mr. Myers combines music, dance, and spoken word with text from some of his most famous books, including excerpts from picture books like HarlemWe Are America, and Blues Journey to his gritty teen novel Monster and his memoir Bad Boy. This one-night-only celebration of Walter Dean Myers is a fitting tribute to a man who changed the face of young adult literature and touched so many with his eloquent and unflinching portrayal of young African American lives.

Family Friendly.

Music/The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with the University of Maryland MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH
Saturday, Aug 30 7:30–10 p.m. Archipelago by Juliana Avery*, directed by Marie Byrd Sproul

When middle-aged divorcee James and his teenage daughter Kat hear that James’s elderly father has suffered a fall, they swoop in to rescue him. James is sure that his father will now see sense and move to a “senior living community.” But Grandpa has no plans to move, as James soon discovers, because he’s happily shacked-up with his new girlfriend, Pearl. So what if she can’t always remember his name? She’s one hell of a kisser! A new comedy about the nature of responsibility, love, and the hurdles of caring for extremely grumpy people.

Recommended for ages 13 and up/Explicit Language.

Comedy/ The Playwright’s Gymnasium ISRAELI LOUNGE (Box Tier Level of Concert Hall)
Saturday, Aug 30 8–10 p.m Birthmark by Lou Ann K. Behan*

“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.” –Elvis Presley. A cantankerous man in a wheelchair demands that an irascible dance instructor, struggling to find purpose in her life, teach him social dancing. Secrets, lies, and mistakes in the past always find a way to screw up the best of intentions.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Saturday, Aug 30 8–10 p.m. Hand Jobs written and directed by Alan Sharpe

The company returns with its third program of edgy, short plays by founder Alan Sharpe, chronicling the lives, loves, and challenges of Black LGBTQ residents in our Nation’s Capital.

Recommended for mature audiences.

Drama/African-American Collective Theater TERRACE THEATER
Saturday, Aug 30 8–10 p.m. Prisoners Laugh and Cry by several prisoners, including Patricia Prewitt*, John Raley, Marc Estes, and Steven Knight

The company presents drama, comedy, and music by imprisoned playwrights.

Recommended for mature audiences.

Drama/Comedy/Music/Safe Streets Arts Foundation FAMILY THEATER
Saturday, Aug 30 8–10 p.m. Saint Mel by Chris Stezin, directed by Richard Washer

After his last public meltdown, a formerly beloved movie star/director is holed up in a bungalow. No one knows where he is except his unlikely best friend (a still-beloved movie star/director) and two shady characters–who just might have stumbled onto their big break.

Recommended for mature audiences/Explicit Language.

Drama/First Draft SOUTH ATRIUM
Saturday, Aug 30 8–10 p.m. Eleanor Gantry’s Daughters Come Home by Stephen Spotswood

The Gantry sisters managed to survive their strange, violent youth. But when they return home to be at their mother’s deathbed, they begin to unearth old crimes–ones that threaten to tear their family apart unless they figure out how to bury the bodies for good.

Recommended for Mature Audiences/Explicit Language.

Drama/Pinky Swear Productions NORTH ATRIUM
Saturday, Aug 30 8–10 p.m. Ruined by Rome by Cynthia Burns Coogan*, directed by Krista Cowan

Inspired by American sculptor Harriet Hosmer, an artist struggles to survive the male-dominated forces of art and religion to win the commission of a lifetime.

Recommended for mature audiences.

Drama/American Ensemble Theater TERRACE GALLERY
Saturday, Aug 30 8–9:45 p.m. Look! Up in the Sky! by Mario Baldessari and Richard C. Washer, directed by Ray Ficca

Several new works written by company members focused around the theme of heroism.

Recommended for mature audiences/Explicit Language.

Comedy/Actors Repertory Theatre RUSSIAN LOUNGE (Box Tier Level of Opera House)
Sunday, August 31 6–7 p.m. VSA Playwrights

This performance recognizes the eight Senior Division (grades 10–12) winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition.

Excerpts of four scripts will be performed as staged readings.

The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students with and without disabilities to examine the disability experience and express their views through the art of script writing.

A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program.

Monday, September 1 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Blossom’s Rainbow written and directed by Margot Greenlee*

A painter’s brush sets a young cherry blossom’s world into motion. Infused with whimsical dance, vibrant colors, and dynamic live music, join Blossom on her journey from the red mountains down to the indigo city in this new piece that celebrates Japanese culture featuring stunning choreography by Margot Greenlee and dynamic, live Taiko drumming by Mark H. Rooney.

Recommended for families with children ages 2 to 5.

Music/ Arts on the Horizon MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH
Monday, September 1 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. G-d’s Honest Truth by Renee Calarco*, directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick

Roberta and Larry always try to do the right thing–for their son (two and a half years into his engagement); for their marriage (never go to bed angry); and especially for their synagogue (which is always trying to build its membership–they’d be happy to tell you more). When they have the opportunity to help rescue a Holocaust Torah, they know they have to bring it to Temple Beth David. Partially inspired by the true story of Rabbi Menachem Youlus, the self-dubbed “Jewish Indiana Jones,” G- d’s Honest Truth asks how far we would go to believe a story that’s too good to be true as told with humor and pathos by the Helen Hayes Award(r)–winning playwright and recent recipient of the 2014 Jewish Plays Project Award.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Monday, September 1 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Theater Alliance Bake-off by Kathleen Akerley*, Bob Bartlett, Tearrance Chisholm, and Katherine Clair*

Bake-off playwrights are given a list of “ingredients”–people, places, things, ideas, etc.–that they must incorporate into their piece. These ingredients are sometimes given weeks in advance to allow the writers to outline and brainstorm, though sometimes playwrights only know their ingredients at the beginning of the 48-hour writing period. With such a short timetable to create their pieces, bake-off writers are encouraged to allow their instincts guide them through and are forced to ignore the nagging urge to rewrite as they go. After two days, the playwrights print out what they’ve got, in whatever form they’ve got, and the pieces are read.

Recommended for mature audiences.

Drama/ Theater Alliance ISRAELI LOUNGE (Box Tier Level of Concert Hall)
 Monday, September 1 1–4 p.m. Darwin at Dawn [FF] by Gino Dilorio, Gillian Drake*

In 1849, Charles Darwin is in a race against time. Over the objections of his wife, Emma, he has begun writing his book, On the Origin of Species. Charles knows that other scientists are working to publish similar theories and that his work will change scientific inquiry forever. Emma fears that God will smite them for challenging belief in the creation. When Annie, Darwin’s young daughter, suddenly contracts a serious illness but Charles continues his work, the rift between Emma and Charles grows. Will their marriage crumble? What is the nature of his daughter’s illness? Is this all God’s punishment or simply the natural order of things?

Family Friendly, recommended for ages 10 and up.

Drama/Tonic Theater Company FAMILY THEATER
Monday, September 1 1–3:30 p.m. Abstract #23 by Joel David Santner

Abstract #23 is a dark, comedic satire that follows a lovesick and fame- obsessed artist who is bombarded with unprecedented adoration and opportunity after the successful reception of his latest art installation. As the pressures of his newfound celebrity consume him, the line between his art and reality disintegrates.

Recommended for mature audiences/Explicit Language.

PostComedy/Taffety Punk SOUTH ATRIUM FOYER
Monday, September 1 1–2:30 p.m.

Witches Vanish by Claudia Barnett, directed by Deborah Randall

In a series of stylized, highly visual vignettes employing puppetry, poetry, and surrealism, the weird sisters from Macbeth explore the stories of women who disappear, whether by choice or force. Inspired by history, astronomy, and Shakespeare,  and Witches Vanish examines the nature of change and the value of human life.

Recommended for mature audiences/Explicit Language.

Drama/The Venus Theatre NORTH ATRIUM FOYER
Monday, September 1 2–3:40 p.m. The Aristocrats! The Musical by Shawn Northrip

In the sweetest story inspired by the most offensive joke ever told, the daughter of a traveling vaudeville family falls in love for the first time and quits the act.

Music/New Musical Foundation MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH
Monday, September 1 2–4:30 p.m.

TOAST by company members.

This will be the final “dress rehearsal” of dog and pony dc’s newest show TOAST, which appeared in an earlier stage at Page-to- Stage last year. TOAST is a participatory-performance- meets-science-fair that explores invention and discovery, the development of technology, and the intricate networks that weave us together.

Participatory Theater.

Recommended for ages 13 and up

Comedy/dog & pony dc RUSSIAN LOUNGE (Box Tier Level of the Opera House)
Monday, September 1 3–5 p.m.

Wagner and Levi written and directed by David L. McWellan.

Richard Wagner’s attempt to have conductor Hermann Levi, the son of a Rabbi, be baptized before Levi is allowed to conduct the opera Parsifal provokes a chain of events that almost leads to Wagner’s downfall. Can everyone be saved and redeemed? Parsifal the opera becomes Parsifal in real life.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Drama/City Theatre Group TERRACE GALLERY
Monday, September 1 3–5 p.m.

Cosmetic Consciousness by Kristy Simmons*

A woman who works at a plastic surgery marketing company scrambles as the economy shrinks. Plastic surgery practices seek to stay afloat with marketing guile as a sudden, burgeoning “cosmic consciousness” sweeps the nation. This mysterious force wreaks mayhem on the practices and patients, but the owners of the marketing company would rather die than go under for a cosmic facelift. Our young employee may have just the nip and tuck for the final cosmic cure.

Recommended for Mature Audiences/Explicit Language.

Comedy/Fuse Productions THEATER LAB
Monday, September 1 4–6 p.m. Billie’s Song by Thomas W. Jones II.

The company tells the story of Billie Holiday through song.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Monday, September 1 4–6 p.m. The Soulman’s Soul by Joycelyn Walls*

Numerous pieces from the festival are presented.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Drama/Baltimore Playwrights Festival ISRAELI LOUNGE (Box Tier Level of Concert Hall)
Monday, September 1 5– 6 p.m.

Kidz at Play [FF] written and directed by Renee Charlow*

The company presents three short plays.

Family Friendly, recommended for families with children ages 5 to 12.

Comedy/ My Creative Spirit SOUTH ATRIUM FOYER
Monday, September 1 6–7 p.m.

The Island of Dr. Moreau by Nathan Weinberger, directed by Paata Tsikurishvili.

The company showcases its training methods and pieces of its latest physical theater adaption of the horror classic, The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Monday, September 1 7:30–9:30 p.m.

Galilee by Christine Evans*

Galilee takes place amidst the collision of competing economic and ecological forces in a small Australian coastal town on the Great Barrier Reef. As the sea temperatures rise and the world’s first hybrid blackfin sharks appear, biology student Carol, her entrepreneur mother Mardy, and the old-time diver Jimmy struggle with their own decisions–fight, flee, or adapt?

Monday, September 1 7:30–9 p.m.

In to the Out Side/D.C. al Coda written and directed by John Sowalsky

The company presents an absurdist comedy somewhere between Beckett and the Marx Brothers.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Comedy/The Indian Ocean Theatre Company NORTH ATRIUM FOYER
Monday, September 1 7:30– 8:30 p.m.

Sparks: Short Works by The Welders by Bob Bartlett, Renee Calarco*, Allyson Currin*, Caleen Sinette Jennings*, Gwydion Suilebhan

The company presents excerpts from several original works.

Recommended for ages 16 and up/Explicit Language.

Comedy, Drama/ The Welders RUSSIAN LOUNGE (Box Tier Level of the Opera House)
Monday, September 1 8– 9:30 p.m.

It’s a Circus Out There written and directed by Kevin Finkelstein.

A didactic play that uses a modern-day circus as an allegory for the presidency, It’s a Circus Out There tells the story of Leila Blaze, the new CEO of the Bringling Brothers Circus.

Recommended for ages 13 and up/Fire Eater present.

Comedy/Federal Theatre Project MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH
Monday, September 1 8–9 p.m.

The Theatre of the Soul by Nikolai Nikolaevich Evreinov, directed by Charlie AinsworthInside

A man’s heart, his rational and emotional selves desperately debate for the man’s life.

Recommended for ages 16 and up/Contains Nudity.

Drama/Gallaudet University TERRACE GALLERY
Monday, September 1 8–9:30 p.m.

Agents of Azeroth by Jennifer Lane*, directed by Ryan Taylor.

As part of his massive leaks of classified material, Edward Snowden revealed that NSA and CIA agents were spending large amounts of time and resources investigating World of Warcraft, searching for potential terrorist threats among millions of trolls, elves, and orcs. Playwright Jennifer Lane and the Washington Rogues ask, “What’s up with that?!?” Agents of Azeroth is a satirical look at big important topics like the encroaching surveillance state, cyberbullying, and the mercurial nature of identity in the electronic age. It is also super, super geeky. “For country. For honor. For the Alliance!”

Recommended for Mature Audiences/Explicit Language.

Comedy/ The Washington Rogues THEATER LAB

*Female Playwright


From The Kennedy Center:

The 13th Annual
Page-to-Stage Festival 2014

With works in honor of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival

Saturday, August 30, 12 noon–10 p.m.
Sunday, August 31, 6–7 p.m.
Monday, September 1, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

Venues throughout the Kennedy Center
FREE! No tickets required, limited seating available.

The Kennedy Center hosts its 13th annual Page-to-Stage new play festival, featuring more than 40 D.C.- area theater companies. This year’s festival pays tribute to the Women’s Voices Theater Festival–an initiative by more than 40 D.C. area theaters to produce a world premiere play by a female dramatist in the fall of 2015. In honor of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, the 13th Annual Page-to-Stage festival showcases more than 30 female playwrights.

“The Kennedy Center is proud to host the dozens of theater companies dedicated to new voices and support the process of artistic collaboration and creation at the Page to Stage festival,” stated festival curator Gregg Henry. “This year, we are pleased so many playwrights in next year’s citywide Women’s Voices Theater Festival are showcasing their works at the Kennedy Center.”

The three-day, Center-wide Page-to- Stage event offers a series of free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals being developed by local, regional, and national playwrights, librettists, and composers.

Don’t miss your chance for a first look at outstanding works for upcoming 2014-2015 season premieres!

Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
General admission seating opens approximately 30 minutes prior to each event.
Programs, artists, and schedules are subject to change without notice.
No free parking for free events.

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1st Stage Theater
ABG Playwrights
Actors Repertory Theatre
Adventure Theatre MTC
African Continuum Theatre Company
African-American Collective Theater
American Ensemble Theater
Arts on the Horizon
Baltimore Playwrights Festival
Catholic University of America
City Theatre Group
Crash of Rhinos
Day Dreamers International
dog & pony dc
The Essential Theatre
Federal Theatre Project
First Draft
Fuse Productions
Gallaudet University
Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies
Guillotine Theatre
The Indian Ocean Theatre Company
The Kennedy Center and University of Maryland
My Creative Spirit
New Musical Foundation
Pinky Swear Productions
Playwrights Collaborative
Playwrights Group of Baltimore
The Playwright’s Gymnasium
Safe Streets Arts Foundation
Scena Theatre
Seventh Street Playhouse
Synetic Theater
Taffety Punk
Theater Alliance
Theater J
Timeless Visual Works, LLC
Tonic Theater Company
The Venus Theatre
VSA Playwrights
The Washington Rogues
The Welders


  1. This festival is terrific but for the past few years, I’ve wondered why so many super events are scheduled simultaneously. Is it possible for the Kennedy Center to have more rooms and staff available on Sunday to spread the wealth around? VSA Playwrights is great — but that’s the ONLY event on Sunday. Plus, this year the National Book Festival will be held at the Convention Center on Saturday. Well, it’s hard to be bored if you enjoy culture in the DC area.


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